UHV SBDC to hold roundtable discussion addressing business websites

Given how critical it is for small businesses to have customer friendly websites, the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center is hosting a roundtable to address the five things every business website needs.

DeeAnn Vilchez

SCORE mentor DeeAnn Vilchez will host Business Websites Made Easy from 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 20 in the Donna and Roger Welder Conference Room on the first floor of UHV University North, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The roundtable is free and open to the public.

Vilchez will discuss why websites are critical and give the first three steps for taking a business online.

“Websites are becoming the new storefronts for businesses,” UHV SBDC Director Joe Humphreys said. “A consumer can make a judgment about a business in less than a minute after viewing a company’s website. And a business without a website may get passed over altogether.”

Joe Humphreys

Vilchez is a Career Technical Education clerk on assignment to Union Carbide, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Co. She has spent nearly 20 years as a teacher, educator and business consultant. She is a part of SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground.

The roundtable format is designed to be informal and interactive. Attendees are encouraged to lend their perspectives to the discussion.

“Ms. Vilchez will provide sound advice, but the neat thing about the roundtable format is everyone can learn from each other,” Humphreys said. “Everyone has different experiences he brings to the table.”

To register for the event, contact the UHV SBDC at 361-485-4485 or, or visit

The UHV SBDC is part of a nationwide small business assistance program that serves the small business community in partnership with federal, state and local governments. The center offers business advising, training and technical assistance to existing and startup businesses in an 11-county area.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Jeremy Shapiro